Montreal photographer, Ben Von Wong, an Fstoppers favorite is at it again with his latest shoot. The folks over at Nikon sent Von Wong a Nikkor 400mm f2.8 lens to shoot with. Typically with a large lens you would shoot nature or sports, but not Von Wong. He decided to test the lens using the Brenizer Method. He took several portraits of musician, Andrew Kesler, on top of a rooftop, but one problem presented itself. How to light Andrew in the middle of the night on such short notice? In typical Von Wong ingenuity, they chose, an iPhone.
Armed with a RC helicopter drone and a head-up display, Mammut "pilot" Dedicam Andrew Peacock navigates while Remo Masina captures some stunning video of the Trango Tower in Pakistan. See more of Remo Masina's work at Dedicam.tv . This sample footage will be used in Mammut's upcoming 150 Year Peak Project video.
Yeah so, gender bending ... this is a thing. Apparently it's a pretty dang popular thing that creative's (without much else to do) are doing with celebrity portraits. Worth 1000, just finished a contest on their site that had hundreds of submissions for this twisted genre of photoshoppers. Do yourself a favor, click through to the full post and enjoy the beauty that IS Gender Bending!
I love when artists create something that hasn't been seen before, especially when it is something as amazing as Rauzier's hyperphotos. These images (rather, pieces of art) take panoramic photography to the next level. Most are made of hundreds, if not thousands of images, and incorporate a dream-like twist in each one. If painting has M.C. Escher, photography has J.F Rauzier.
While the new Canon 650D (Rebel T4i) does come with a few new features including a touchscreen display and a sensor-based hybrid AF system for improved focus, it seems that the camera itself might have fallen flat... on its sensor. A new comparison test conducted by DXO Mark puts the upgraded Canon 650D (Rebel T4i) up against its predecessors the Canon 600D (Rebel T3i) and Canon 550D (Rebel T2i). The results might just shock you.
For the last 1.5 years Patrick and I have been filming our next massive project; a 10-12 hour long tutorial on all things wedding photography. To put the finishing touches on this, "DVD" we wanted to interview 2 very established wedding photographers that have completely different business models from ours. For the first interview I flew out to California to talk with Pye from Lin and Jirsa Weddings. Afterwards Pye decided to interview me for his second business, SLR Lounge.com.
In a creative and fun spec commercial, Ross Ching uses a really cool Popsicle stick trick and creatively applies it to a fun story. As he describes, Popsicle sticks can fit together in a certain way so that when triggered, a chain reaction occurs down the line at 35 mph. To capture this process, he used the Phantom Miro shooting at 1000 fps.
Take a behind the scenes look at how the intricate ad for the game "Joy Kingdom" was created. Almost all of the elements that you see in the ad were shot as a scene, there was obviously some degree of compositing done, but the meat of the scene was done in camera. They even shot some stop motion elements using ice! I can't imagine how time consuming this shoot must have been.
With the advancement of science, we're starting to wonder if immortality is really possible. This series of photos by Murray Ballard explores Cryopreservation. This is basically people who have their bodies preserved in the hopes that they can be revived in the future when technological and scientific advancements have reached a point where they can come back to life and continue living on much longer.
It was quite a while ago that I did a piece on hard drives -- the inevitable non-photo, but techy part of every photographer's gear. It's been a while, but manufacturers have been hard at work, including Promise with their Pegasus J2 and J4 Thunderbolt drives. Today, after having been announced back in May, they're finally available to order!
Around this time last year, I was asked to shoot a wedding for a young couple getting married in Charleston. I came to find out that the groom's father was none other than Nikon advertising photographer Mark Alberhasky. Mark and I hit it off instantly so when I found out he has been shooting wildlife with Nikon's V1 mirrorless camera, I knew he would be perfect for Fstoppers Mirrorless Month. Mark explains how mirrorless cameras can out perform dlsrs
Using a unique blend of black lights, LEDs, and course sharks with frickin lasers, the crew from Burn put together a fantastic short video that shows snowboarders sliding on some rails and even doing flips in the dark. The rails light up as they slide across them! Check out the video and tell us what you think of this style.
I'm sure at some point any of us who have shot film have shot a double exposure. Normally it's an accident, sometimes it's planned, normally it comes out funky, then again sometimes it's gorgeous. Timothy Burkhart and Stephanie Bassos have started a project together where they both shoot the same roll of film. Stephanie will shoot an entire roll of 35mm film, and she only shoots people. Then Timothy will reload the roll of film into the same camera and only shoot places. They call the project People Vs Places and the results are often stunning.
SerialBox Presents is a live music project created by Texas photog and all-around creative, Ryan Booth. Serial Box produces music videos that are shot entirely on a few 5Dmk2s with audio tracked into ProTools. There are no overdubs, no cut-ins, and no pick-ups. What you see and hear is one time through, mistakes and all.
The people over at MAKE Visual strive to create unique and compelling content for their clients and for the Lung Cancer Foundation of America's newest PSA entitled, 'The Haze', they wanted a look and feel that worked well with the message that their client was trying to get across. They shot on a RED Epic and used 3DS Max and Fume FX for their post processing to achieve the thin smoke effect.
These photos remind me of the series we featured showing North Korea from a western perspective. In another sense all together, it's the complete opposite and contrasts greatly. It starts off by showing very basic well composed images, then it begins to make you realize how much people can actually get by with.
Stanley Kubrick was one of the most acclaimed producers and directors in American cinematography (the Shining is one of my all time favorites). Back in 1975, Stanley directed the three hour masterpiece Barry Lyndon. From a photography standpoint, the film is most noted for Stanley's use of Mitchell BNC cameras mounted with NASA Zeiss f/0.7 50mm lenses.
Check out this seriously impressive hyper-lapse video from Berlin. It had seemed that timelapse videos hit kind of a flat point for a while until the world was introduced to "Hyper-lapse." He shot this with a Nikon D7000 and then spent 4 months in post to stabilize the sequences manually frame by frame (AE motion tracker) to get the smooth motion. This inspiring video will leave you in awe.
You know, I might catch a lot of flack for what I am about to say, but whatever. I have never been that amazed by sharks. Whenever I have said this in the past, there was always someone who called me crazy. I've just never understood the obsession, or why Discovery devotes a whole week to them. Then I saw these photos by Michael Muller a while back, and my opinion changed dramatically. I have never seen such amazing photos of sharks before. If you are like I was, and you don't understand the shark hype, check out these photos, and maybe your opinion will change some.
Hop on a sightseeing tour in your local town, and undoubtedly, at least one person probably has a camera in Sony's NEX line. The mirrorless line has been wildly successful, and the Sony NEX-7 represents its top-notch contender. Let's see if the NEX-7 can stand its ground -- after all, comparing to the Leica we reviewed a few days back is quite the challenge...
Some might argue not to fix what ain't broken, but then again, where's the fun in that? Whether or not these designs actually result in a camera that works better than those we have become accustomed to, I'm happy that there are some out there who just aren't satisfied with resting on the design laurels of others. Check out these five interesting, and perhaps really innovative, camera designs. Would you pick one up if you saw it on a shelf?
To put a little twist on filming one of Nissan's most recent car commercials, the crew involved shot everything on a miniature scale by using a few different RC vehicles. Check out how the team tried to preserve some of the standard elements that you might see in a car commercial. The group gets quite creative in building customized camera mounts to keep the best angles.